Americana artist Rebekah Rolland is gearing up to release her debut album. The first single, "Standing Still" is a vivid sunset gently swaying against the background of an evening prairie. For Folk's Sake had the exclusive premiere, and debuted the new single.
Selected as an artist-in-residence for the National Park Service Centennial, Rolland spent several weeks at Homestead National Monument working on her debut record, Seed & Silo. The record is in many ways an extension of her work as vocalist, fiddler, and primary songwriter of the nationally-acclaimed group, As We Run (formerly Run Boy Run); though, more than ever, this collection of songs underscores her range and prowess as a lyricist, composer, and performer.
Rolland joined forces with her bandmate and husband, Matt Rolland, in the recording process, and he features prominently throughout on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and octar. A number of other hometown musicians, along with several New York- and Nashville-based musicians contributed to the album--from Tucson jazz players to a Nashville string duo. The result of these collaborations is a truly rich and vast soundscape.
Rolland’s songwriting has previously been on Spotify's 'New Roots' playlist, a finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards (Americana/Roots category), and on American Public Media's, A Prairie Home Companion. Characteristic of some of the most forceful and compelling voices in folk music, her writing succeeds in building worlds of dust and clay, worn pages and weathered pearls, highways and high rises, the faces and hands, the trials and triumphs that make up the stories of the past and the present.
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The new Americana single from Rebekah Rolland, “Standing Still” is a vivid sunset gently swaying against the background of an evening prairie. With a delicate and graceful melody, it dances around abandoned plows in fields filled with quiet storied homes.
Jonathan Aird, Americana UK
"With its wonderful layering of instruments it’s a full 10 out of 10 on the musical beauty scale." [5/22/18]
Jonathan Frahm, For Folk's Sake
"If the Americana world still has room for another breakout star in 2018, Rolland may just be it, bringing a heartfelt thoughtfulness to her music that evokes shades of such artists as Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan." [5/14/18]
The Autumn Roses
"A hopefully melancholy shimmers, mirage-like, but as you draw closer you see each detail, carved thoughtfully with care and invention." [5/17/18]
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